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Own label
Popularity of own label still on the up
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Own label products still in growth

Own-label products continue to flourish with supermarkets offering reduced ranges missing out on revenue. 

Online sales
Online retail sales will be bigger than before
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Digital transactions to play major role in festive retail sales

Retail sales this December are expected to rise 4% year-on-year to £42.4bn – more than £1.5bn than last year. 

United Biscuits
United Biscuits signs three-year deal with Cargill
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UB and Cargill strike deal on chocolate

United Biscuits (UB), the international manufacturer of biscuits, has signed a three-year partnership with a fellow international producer to focus on its sweet biscuits. 

ON THE UP: SSP brands like Upper Crust are performing well
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Sales up 4% at SSP

SSP, the global giant behind travel brands such as Upper Crust and Caffè Ritazza, has seen revenue increase by 4% - helped by a strong performance in the UK.

The company sells fine cakes, pastries and gateaux
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Patisserie Holdings reveals big jump in revenue

Patisserie Holdings has reported this morning that revenue is up 27.5% to £76.6m while its main trading café brand Patisserie Valerie is up 20%. 

Peter Baker:
Finsbury Food chairman
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Finsbury AGM outlines high hopes for Fletchers acquisition

Finsbury Food Group has said it is confident there will be increased growth and sales, thanks to the buy-out of Fletchers’ cake business earlier this year.

Pie firm strikes Ocado supply deal

Doncaster-based The Topping Pie Company has signed to supply online grocery supermarket ocado.com.

Customers are encouraged to get involved with the Santa selfies
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Santa selfies at centre of Greggs’ festive campaign

Greggs has launched a new social media campaign, tying its pasty packaging to the internet with its #PastySanta selfies.

2014 Great British Pie Awards
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Pie Awards add gluten-free category

The British Pie Awards have introduced a new Free From Gluten category, as the competition officially opens for entries today.

Juan Luciano will take up position of CEO in January
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New ADM boss plans to step up pace of progress

ADM’s new chief executive plans to accelerate growth of the company, when he steps into the role on 1 January next year.

Greencore set for further growth in food to go sector
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Food to go drives Greencore growth

The UK’s leading sandwich and celebration cake company, Greencore, has outperformed the food to go market, with like-for-like revenue growth of 15.3% in the past year.

Edme's MD, Peter Tichbon (r) and Technical Baker, Richard Ball (l) hand over the malt loaves to friends from Acorn Village
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Edme to sell malt loaves for charity

Ingredients firm Edme has been baking batches of malt loaves to raise money for a local charity.

Fortnum & Mason enjoys busiest year in store history

Luxury retailer Fortnum & Mason has seen a 14% increase in overall sales for the year up to July 2014, compared to last year.

Mary Berry is pictured with from left to right: The Clerk, Liveryman Suzanne Jones, David Bentley, Master of the Baker’s Company, Jenny Bentley and the Beadle
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GBBO’s Mary Berry made Liveryman and given freedom of the City

The Great British Bake Off host Mary Berry has been made a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Bakers and been granted the freedom of the City of London.

Gail's Bakery Barnes
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Gail’s opts for private over public growth

Gail’s Bakery has reportedly ended talks of stock market flotation, and will now focus on growing the business privately.

Joe and the Juice
Joe & the Juice: big expansion plans
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Danish coffee bar chain targets UK sites

Danish juice and coffee bar operator Joe & the Juice is targeting central London sites with plans to open 10 to 15 more overall in 2015. 

Jim Moseley
Jim Moseley rejoins FDF
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Moseley returns to FDF

Jim Moseley, the former managing director of General Mills UK, is to return to the role of acting director general of the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) following the resignation of Melanie Leech. 

Paul A Young to grow business

Leading London-based chocolatier Paul A Young plans to expand his four-strong business to span from Scotland to the south of England.

Scottish Bakers launches new export help group

Scottish Bakers has launched an industry Bakers Export Group aimed at bakers in Scotland who are exporting or considering starting.

Crepe firm plans broad international growth

London-based Crepeaffaire is on the verge of major UK and international expansion plans with four new UK sites in the next four months.

Bakkavor to give children insight into food industry

Leading food manufacturer Bakkavor is to provide children with a glimpse of working in the food industry following a deal with The Prince’s Trust.

New Chevler acquisition increases production

Chevler, the manufacturer of baking cases and muffin, has clinched a deal for the production rights and machinery of a mini-loaf cake maker that will dramatically increase its output.

Ashers Bakery
'Gay cake' bakery gains supports from locals
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‘Gay cake row’ petition gains hundreds of signatories

‘Hundreds’ of people have signed the MP-instigated petition in support of the Christian bakery that refused to make a pro-gay marriage cake. 

The war on sugar continues
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Re-evaluated sugar guidelines loom

Today could be the day that the World Health Organisation (WHO) will announce its plans for a crackdown on sugar.

Coup de Pates
Coup de Pates launches seasonal goodies
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Coup de Pates launches Christmas products

Coup de Pates, formerly Delice de France, has launched a Christmas brochure featuring seasonal products to help caterers profit this year. 

Paul A Young chocolate
Paul A Young tempers chocolate
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Chocolate facing supply shortage

The world faces a chocolate shortage with demand outstripping supply as prices have already risen 25% this year. 

Jacobs range
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United Biscuits workers set to start strike action at Liverpool factory

More than 800 workers at a United Biscuits’ Jacob’s factory are to strike following a dispute over sick pay.

Barry Callebaut launches chocolate challenge for caterers

Chocolate specialist Barry Callebaut is offering caterers the chance to win a trip to a cocoa plantation in its For The Love of Chocolate Challenge.

Urban eat:
Adelie owns the sandwich brand
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Private equity firms show interest in UK sandwich business

UK sandwich company Adelie Food Group is being eyed for a buy-out by an American private equity firm.

Branded sales down for 2 Sisters

2 Sisters Food Group, owner of Fox’s Biscuits, has seen a fall in branded sales, down 3% for the full year.

Gay cake row
'Gay cake' bakery wins supporters
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MPs support bakery in ‘gay cake row’

Three MPs have launched a petition in support of the ‘gay cake row’ bakery that refused to bake a pro-gay marriage cake. 

Kim Kardashian breaks the baking industry, as well as the internet

If you haven’t seen THOSE pictures of Kim Kardashians derrière yet, then you can see them recreated in cake versions!

Changes will be made to the way food must be labelled
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New food labelling laws meet mixed preparation

A new report has found that that some businesses are still struggling to prepare for new food regulations, which will be enforced next month.

Genesis Crafty breads:
the new range will be launched in Waitrose
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Genesis Crafty launches speciality breads to Waitrose

Northern Irish bakery firm Genesis Crafty has launched a new range of speciality breads into 200 Waitrose stores throughout the UK.

Our interactive guide to what's in this issue of British Baker mag!

Not picked up your copy of British Baker yet? Have a sneak preview at what is inside with our interactive guide to the issue!

Earl of Sandwich
The opening of a previous Earl of Sandwich site
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Earl of Sandwich brand to launch in Middle East

London sandwich and restaurant business Earl Enterprises has signed two deals worth £1m to launch its brand in the Middle East. 

Footfall numbers on the up in out-of-town locations
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Footfall figures show differing trends

Footfall in out-of-town locations has continued to rise, with a 1.9% year-on-year increase in the UK.

Cadbury
Cadbury's Christmas TV campaign launches
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Mondelēz embarks on TV drive for Cadbury

Confectionery multinational Mondelēz has revealed a major ITV festive advertising drive for its Cadbury brand including tie-up with a number of celebrities. 

Craft Baker's Week 2014:
Make-A-Wish charity benefited from £17k raised by the event
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Craft Bakers’ Week raises £17k for charity

The figures are in and Craft Bakers’ Week 2014 achieved a fundraising total of more than £17,000 between 393 bakery businesses that took part.

Dunkin' Donuts:
seen as one of the top brands in food service
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Horizons highlights bakery sector as one to watch

Dunkin’ Donuts and Pieminister are among the top brands named in foodservice consultancy Horizons’ latest list of food companies on the ascendant.

Wheat:
next year's harvest area could be down
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Wheat harvest area forecast to be lower next year

Areas of wheat for harvest in 2015 will be down in favour of barley and pulses, according to a survey.

Bake n' Grape:
the new bakery concept to open next year
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New bakery hybrid to hit British high street

A new £200,000 bakery-hybrid concept is to open next year, with a further 12 openings planned throughout the UK by 2018.

Tom Dixon Sandwich
Tom Dixon Sandwich Shop open at London's Harrods
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Harrods installs upmarket Tom Dixon sandwich shop

London’s Harrods department store has welcomed the opening of a high-end sandwich shop under furniture company Tom Dixon. 

Positive results for Bakkavör
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Bakkavör bakery investment continues amidst revenue hike

Bakkavör has outperformed the food market, boasting a 4% growth in like-for-like revenues for the 39 weeks ended 27 September 2014.

Arla opens lactose plant in Denmark

Arla Foods Ingredients had opened a €120m (£95.1m) lactose manufacturing plant in Jutland, Denmark. 

McVitie's Victoria selection
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McVitie’s to extend ‘sweeet’ campaign with Victoria biscuits

United Biscuits’ (UB) Christmas TV debut for its McVitie’s Victoria biscuit selection will kick off on 4 December.

Small high street shops could benefit
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Call for local government to set business rates

Independent firms could pay less to trade after the Local Government Association (LGA) said that local government should set local business rates.

Scotch pie judging
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Scotch Pie Championship attracts record entries

A record number of Scotland’s bakers have entered their best pies into the 16th World Scotch Pie Championships.

Warbeartons:
the new Paddington on-pack promotion
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Warburtons in Paddington Bear cinema promotion

Warburtons has launched a new on-pack cinema promotion in line with its Warbeartons campaign.

Oreo Churros
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Oreo and Mondelēz link to create the Oreo churro

J&J Snack Foods Corp has formed a partnership with multinational confectionery, food and beverage company Mondelēz International to launch Oreo Churros into the foodservice channel.

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